Aired the week of 11/14/12 - #1246
Paul Giancarlo and his twin boys were looking through the newspaper at breakfast one day when they found a paper bag inside and a note asking readers to fill the bag with food to donate to their food bank. It galvanized the whole family and they worked together on a few of their own food drives to help out. A month later, Paul saw an article about how most food banks struggle after the holiday season and decided to find a better way to support the hungry and community in his area. With the help of family and friends he co-founded The Food Project with John Javna. It’s a new way to connect community and the hungry in a simple, year-round system. After a little over two years, the program has collected over 300,000 lbs of food and is spreading to lots of other cities, too.